FRONTLINE: Locked Up in America: Solitary Nation and Prison State DVD

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FRONTLINE: Locked Up in America: Solitary Nation and Prison State Two films examine incarceration in the United States. For decades, the United States has been fixated on incarceration, building prisons and locking up more and more people. But at what cost, and has it really made a difference? FRONTLINE goes to the epicenter of the raging debate about incarceration in ... More
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FRONTLINE: Locked Up in America: Solitary Nation and Prison State

Two films examine incarceration in the United States.

For decades, the United States has been fixated on incarceration, building prisons and locking up more and more people. But at what cost, and has it really made a difference? FRONTLINE goes to the epicenter of the raging debate about incarceration in America, focusing on the controversial practice of solitary confinement and on new efforts to reduce the prison population, as officials are rethinking what to do with criminals. Award-winning director and producer Dan Edge gives viewers these raw and unforgettable firsthand accounts from prisoners, prison staff, and people whose lives are forever altered by this troubled system.

Solitary Nation presents a visceral portrait of life in a solitary-confinement unit in Maine's maximum-security prison, told through the inmates living in isolation, the officers watching over them, and the new warden who is desperately trying to reform the system.

Prison State takes an intimate look at the cycle of mass incarceration in America and a statewide effort to reverse the trend, following four residents of a housing project in Louisville, Ky., as they cycle in and out of the state's jails and prisons.

Production Year: 2014
Copyright Year: 2014
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
DVI: N
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

2 Reviews
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Justice P.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Haunting and Powerful
Review by Justice P. on 07/17/20 review stating Haunting and Powerful
Solitary Nation is an important but hard to watch film. It documents the difficult ethical and moral decisions facing correctional administrators for carrying out U.S. crime control policies. On the one hand, solitary confinement may be needed for the most dangerous offenders, but puting them in solitary may well drive them mad. The film never answers the question of why the U.S. has the highest rate of solitary confinements in the world, nor does the accompanying film Prison State fully answer the question of why the U.S. has the highest rate of imprisonment in the world. However, both films suggest there is something seriously wrong with the way we use prison and solitary confinement in America. Unless one wants to argue that Amercans are some of the most violent people on Earth, these high rates suggest the problem lies in policies, not in the number of criminals or their character.
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Jm
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Riveting look at solitary
Review by Jm on 07/17/20 review stating Riveting look at solitary
Filmmakers were given access to a horrific world Americans rarely see. Sometimes this documentary is hard to watch as some of these inmates descend into depression and self-abuse. Excellent interviews with prison staff who are trying to cope with the daily fallout from a Kafka-esque system: men who act out in solitary receive more time in solitary. Is the cure worse than the disease? The warden is looking for better solutions but few are on the horizon. Great storytelling and camera work.


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